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I would suspect somewhere between 6 and 10. The win over LSU, the (presumed) return of Boyd, and a healthier, deeper (I'm looking at you Alexander and Baker) defensive backfield under new leadership, should warrant a preseason Top Ten ranking IMO.
I think 9-12 is about right
This post was edited by jvtiger77 15 months ago
In no order, I think you will see these teams ahead of us:
Top 10 for sure. Thinking 8-10.
LSU isn't going to be in that mix IMO. They are losing talented Juniors right and left right now. Gonna be an unseasoned team in BR this season. As to the others, I would have to agree, but I think the perception of Clemson will get them in the second half of the top ten.
I think 8-12. Anywhere in there puts us in the position we need if the team does their part.
Well said... I think all of those teams mentioned by you, with the exception of LSU, might be ranked higher than Clemson. They lose Minter, Reid, Loston, Montgomery, and Mingo on defense. Chavis is one of the best defensive coordinators in the business, but the head-to-head victory over LSU in the bowl game, plus the fact that Clemson brings back more than LSU next year, makes me think Clemson will be ranked higher.
-Clemson starts the year ranked #7-#10
**Teams I have my eye on for various reasons
-UGA loses most of their defense and will be pseudo rebuilding. Even with the talent they has this year on defense they underachieved in my opinion. Bama and South Carolina bulldozed Georgia with their running games. Tennessee had 40+ points as well.
-Oregon has a date with the NCAA and some speculate this is why Chip Kelly is testing the NFL waters with interviews. Oh btw, Charles Robinson is all over this and we all know that isn't good.
-Texas A&M gets Johhny Football back but they struggled against big time competition ie LSU, Florida, Ole Miss and La Tech. I'm interested to see how they play in year 2 of the SEC.
-LSU, if ever there were a year they could dip 2013 could be it. The pantry is being emptied of Montgomery, Mingo, Reid, Simon etc. Can their offense get any worse? It seems to every year.
-Florida I don't trust. The Gators are LSU Jr. Great defense and very poor offense oh and they have no QB. Bottomline- can Pease get that offense going? Does Muschamp want that? Seems like no. Seems like he wants just enough points to win a game and let the defense hold.
I don't see how Florida would be ahead of Clemson after that bowl performance.
Agree with those who say on the higher end of top 10.
if Nuk comes back along with Boyd we are in the top 10, probably 7 or 8. Just Boyd? Probably 11th
UGA shouldnt be in the top 10 with what they have lost, same with LSU
no way on this earth Oklahoma ends up ahead of us and even though fsu beat us they dont deserve to be ahead of us...they wouldnt want any part of us at the end of the season
Lucky number 7.
Id say 7-10 range
clemson has a ton of talent returning for what should, and I say should, be a run at a National Title....no exceptions there.
I think it depends on Tajh. If he's back I say somewhere between 7-10.
Biggest question marks would be:
1. Who steps up at RB? McDowell, Brooks or one of the freshmen? I can't imagine we start a rookie against Georgia but that may change later in the season.
2. Will a go to man emerge at tight end? That has been a critical position in the Morris system, but i'm not sold on Sam Cooper as having that high of a ceiling, and Seckinger, McCullough and Leggett are all unproven and young.
3. I think we have 3 guys in the secondary we can count on (Blanks, Breeland and Jenkins). We need 2-3 more to come forward. We simply must improve at safety this next year.
4. We need to find some more depth at DE, especially on the strong side. After Barnes it's really unknown.
5. Will Bryant get back in good graces with school? If he doesn't make it back we lose 3/6 receivers this year and some freshmen are going to have to play. I feel good about Sammy, Peake and Humphries. The returns on Hopper have been good but he hasn't played, and you really need 6 guys in this system to contribute.
For the first time in what seems like forever I feel good about the offensive line. We lose Freeman but Norton has played a lot, and all the other positions seem fairly solid. If Battle continues to improve you can move Thomas around to guard or right tackle.
Despite losing Tig I feel pretty good about linebacker. I think Anthony can move to WILL and be a much more comfortable. I think Steele had his head twisted in pretzel knots and he can get a fresh start on the outside where he should have been all along.
I love what we saw from the DT's this season. They aren't as talented as other groups we've had but they collectively improved as the season went along.
I'm intrigued by what Vic Beasley did this year and hopefully he adds weight and become more of an every down player.
I agree re: Florida. They just got pushed around by Louisville. If they are in the top 10, it'll be because of the youth on defense. Their defense was pretty solid this year (save for the bowl game), and they are extremely young with a very good recruiting class. Offense is garbage and Driskel is just a bad QB.
I wasn't trying to assess how we actually stack up to those folks on the field. I was trying to predict how the voters would rank teams. And you can bet the media will rank UGA, A&M, Oregon and FL ahead of us (as well as the other teams I mentioned in my previous post). I do agree with everyone saying LSU will be below us. They seem like they are losing a lot more key parts to the draft than I thought.
So #10 seems about right for us.
This post was edited by eutawtiger 15 months ago
With Nuk likely going pro and the needs in the secondary, I think Clemson realistically should expect to be ranked just outside the top ten, but with NFL departures on other teams we could easily end up at tenth in the preseason polls. Our final recruiting will also play into the rankings.
I think 12th right behind FSU just like the final AP poll.
I'm thinking in the 8 to 10 range .... Beat Georgia and things get interesting
I know I'm not alone, but I think preseason polls are so useless. See: So. Cal...
Useless, but damaging as well. Depending on one's conference affiliation, it can make it very difficult to navigate your way up the rankings, despite your success.
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